February 20th 2019 - February 21st 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

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Keynote speakers

Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government

Shona Robison was born in Redcar in 1966. Educated at Alva Academy, she went on to graduate from Glasgow University with a Social Sciences MA and Jordanhill College with a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education. Previously she worked for Glasgow City Council’s Social Work Department.

She was MSP for the North East from 1999-2003 and elected MSP for Dundee East in 2003. Latterly she was Shadow Minster for Health and Social Justice and a member of the Parliament’s Health Committee before being appointed Minister for Public Health in the Scottish Government formed after the May 2007 election.

She was re-elected at the May 5, 2011 election and appointed as Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport.

She became Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport in November 2014.


Pennie Taylor

Journalist and Broadcaster

Pennie Taylor is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters. A former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday.

Pennie has a particular interest in public involvement in NHS development, and has led national and local consultations on a range of issues. Having worked as Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2000 and 2002, she knows how things operate inside the health service as well as on newsdesks. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach, and stimulate, debate. 



Manira Ahmad

Head of Local Intelligence, NHS National Services Scotland

Manira joined NHS National Service Scotland in May 2015, and was appointed to lead the deployment of Local Intelligence across Health and Social Care. Within the first year the Local Intelligence Support Team (LIST) were embedded across all Integration Authorities in Scotland and resulted in co-designing linked data across multiple care sectors to support improved decision making for individuals.

In 2016 LIST was awarded “Customer and Partner Engagement” excellence for the transformational leadership in utilising intelligence to support a step-change in cultural and operational innovation. In April 2016 Manira’s remit increased, providing analytical support deployed across Scottish Government. From 2017 Manira has been accountable for developing the intelligence and informatics offering across Primary Care to support the newly formed GP Clusters, whilst designing a “whole systems” approach by transcending boundaries across health, social care and community.

Hugh Aitken

Chair, National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board

Hugh Aitken is the Chair of the National Cyber Resilience Leaders Board. He is also the former CBI Scotland Director and now Strategic Adviser on Digital, Cyber and SMEs. Hugh has a broad national and international business career spanning three decades, including as General Manager of Microsoft Nevada and Vice-President of Worldwide Manufacturing at Oracle. Prior to that, he worked at Sun Microsystems in various senior roles. In 2005, he was awarded a CBE for services to the technology industry and charity.

Between 2000 and 2006, Hugh was Chairman of the Electronics Scotland lobbying group. On taking up the CBI Director role, Hugh returned home to Scotland from the US and is based in Ayr.

Hazel Archer

Technical Lead, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

Hazel is a Statistician by training and an IT Manager by trade.  On joining the health service in 2002, she developed the national Paediatric Video Conferencing Network, providing remote diagnostic support for babies born with suspected congenital heart defects. 

Following a secondment as a Planning Manager within NHS GGC, she moved to the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare to supported the development of clinical services using video conferencing technology.

Since joining the SCTT, Hazel has managed the development of the National Video Conferencing Network, the creation of national standards for Video Conferencing and the establishment of the National VC Team. 

As a workstream lead for the Technology Enable Care Programme, Hazel is currently supporting the development of health and care services using the Attend Anywhere video consulting platform. 

Darrell Bailey

Sales Director, Sensely

With over 15 years of experience in senior commercial roles within healthcare, Darrell is extremely passionate about improving patient care. Having worked with a variety of different technologies including Voice recognition, diagnostics and Artificial intelligence he has a deep understanding of improving the patient journey through cutting edge technology. 

Dr Michael Barry

Saltire Fellow, Digital Health & Care Institute

Michael is a doctor working in A&E in Lothian, a clinician software developer and 2017-2018 Saltire Fellow at the Digital Health & Care Institute. Michael graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and completed Foundation Training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London.

While working as a junior doctor on the Robotic Urology team at Guy’s Hospital, he was bitten by the “health tech bug”, inspiring him to complete a 5 month software development course at Maker’s Academy, London while working A&E shifts at the weekends.

He has developed software and apps for various medical uses including a clinical decision pathway and data collection tool for the Academic Cardiology team at the University of Edinburgh, available at https://highsteacs.com. Michael was on the event organisation team for the successful Product Forge Future Health Hackathon in 2017, and a mentor at the Product Forge Public Health Hackathon this year.

At the DHI, Michael is providing clinical input to the Demonstration & Simulation Environment, where new interoperable digital infrastructure can be linked to existing systems and de-risked - including personal health records, devices and front-end applications - to allow full realisation of the benefits of digital health for the people of Scotland.

Philip Bertram

Team Leader, Information Services, NHS Dumfries and Galloway 

I have been in the NHS since 2000 starting in the Finance Department for Cumbria Ambulance Service before moving to Data Management with Cumbria Primary Care Trust and then the Information Services Team at NHS Dumfries and Galloway in July 2013.  Amongst the many duties of the Information Services Team, we are responsible for the running of our PAS system and subsequent reporting.  In my role I was responsible for the final go live our first generation self check in kiosks which communicated directly with our PAS system to inform that patients had checked in and I have since been heavily involved in the project which saw us go live with the first phase of our new automated patient flow system prior to the migration to the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary in preparation for a full launch once migrated and this has seen the successful introduction of a new self check in system and associated software and we are about to embark on the second phase which includes patient calling.

Robin Breslin

Business Manager, UK and Ireland, Forcare

Robin Breslin has worked in healthcare software for 30 years. Starting in radiology, Robin as been a programmer (wiring CR/MR and 3D software) and became involved with Interoperability through radiology image sharing (DICOM and HL7). For the past 7 years Robin has been working in the wider aspects of healthcare interoperability and the implementation of standards based solutions (IHE XDS and FHIR) with international and UK experience.

Ingrid Brindle

Chair, Thornley House Patient Participation

Ingrid Brindle is chair of Thornley House Patient Participation Group in Hyde, Cheshire. The group was recently awarded the accolade of “Most outstanding Patient group in the UK! She is a member of the patient group at the RCGP and also at Health Innovation Manchester. She was also a member of the Patient Online team working to promote patient’s access to their personal health information

She is the founder of Health Pledge (www.healthpledge.co.uk). This is a campaign to get people to think about self-care and pledge to make a  change to improve their health.

She has had online access to all her GP records since 2006 and has presented her experiences at many conferences, meetings and training sessions.  She believes passionately that patients can only make good health choices if they are provided with relevant, good quality, “joined up” information when they need it. She thinks that the proliferation of digital devices and apps needs careful handling. She also believes that patients need health care professionals who are prepared to work collaboratively, who listen and are willing to participate in shared decision making. She agrees with others that patients and carers are the most under used resource in the NHS!

Professor Bill Buchanan OBE

Professor of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy (thecyberacademy.org). He has also published over 250 academic papers and 28 academic books. His main research focus is around information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, Blockchain, e-Health, and triage within digital forensics. Bill regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards, for a research project which involves splitting data into secret shares, and can then be distributed across a public Cloud-based infrastructure. He was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers and has one of the most extensive Web sites for computer security education (asecuritysite.com).

Jonathan Cameron

Head of Service - Strategic Development, Public Health & Intelligence (PHI)

Prior to joining NHS National Services Scotland in 2005, Jonathan held a number of IT Project Management posts in the Public and Private Sector and has a strong track record on complex IT and eHealth project and programme delivery.  His career in eHealth and IT includes the delivery of the Emergency Care Summary and Key Information Summary systems which were major achievements in improving patient care across Scotland. 

In July 2015, Jonathan was appointed as Head of Service for the Strategic Development team for the Public Health& Intelligence (PHI) strategic business unit in NHS National Services Scotland. Jonathan is a CivTech Challenge Sponsor, and has responsibility for the Data Science strategy, as well as leading on a wide-ranging portfolio including projects for Primary Care, Community Care and Innovation.  

Claire Cater

Founder and Hacker in Chief, The Social Kinetic

Claire is a design thinker, engagement specialist, leadership coach and author of the Alt-Report: Where the click do you start to create a digital NHS? She believes people are the innovators and designers of what’s possible and that success lies in how you engage and enable them.

She works predominantly in the health and technology sectors with a wider background ranging from banking to behaviour change. Claire uses a mix of creative tools and deep insight to facilitate the co-design of strategies, services and solutions to todays big social challenges such as how to create high quality, patient centric, joined up health systems.

George Crooks OBE

Chief Executive, Digital Health and Care Institute

Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges.

He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association, andis on the Board of the European Foundation for Critical Care. He leads the Integrated Care Action Group on behalf of the European Commission within the European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing.  He is Chair of the Scottish Digital Health and Care Innovation Programme Board, focussing on the adoption and delivery, at scale, of technology enabled care services across Scotland. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Dr Scott Cunningham

Technical Consultant, University of Dundee

Scott is Technical Consultant at the University of Dundee and has nearly twenty years of experience in project management and software architecture design within healthcare. He is technical lead for NHS Scotland’s shared electronic record for diabetes: SCI Diabetes Collaboration (SCI-DC): www.sci-diabetes.scot.nhs.uk. This system has been hugely influential in the understanding of diabetes and received an award for “Excellence in Major Healthcare IT Development” at the eHealth Insider Awards in 2011.

Scott has an active research interest in the patient-focused aspects of health informatics and led the development of NHS Scotland’s patient website My Diabetes My Way: www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk. This award-winning website (“Award for Education and Self-management”, Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference, 2015; “Best initiative supporting self-care”, Quality in Care Diabetes, 2013) allows patients across Scotland direct access to their diabetes record. Scott and his team have a track record of taking research development grants to the level of fully integrated national services.

Jonathan Darby

Senior Partner St Margaret’s Well Surgery Halesowen. Board Member, Caldicott Guardian, Cardiovascular Lead and IT Lead, Dudley CCG. Non Executive Director Royal Wolverhampton Trust. My surgery was the first to use the Sensely platform in the NHS in the U.K. 

Zahid Deen

Digital Health and Care Strategic Lead, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, The ALLIANCE

Zahid actively works to increase citizen and third sector participation in innovative digital health and care. He is project director of ‘Our GP’, one of the largest co-design projects undertaken in Scotland, through which citizens and professionals collaborated to design future GP digital services.

Zahid brings 15 years’ experience in digital and previously worked as a Policy Manager at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom and was the Scottish Government’s Head of Telecommunications Policy.

Barrie Dempster

Head of Cybersecurity Consultancy, Blackberry

Barrie Dempster joined BlackBerry in 2009 to lead research and development projects in BlackBerrys enterprise software. He currently heads up the global cybersecurity consulting practice where his team supports BlackBerrys customers in their security critical product and infrastructure development.

Barrie Dempster has lead penetration testing teams, product security and research for financial organisations, governments telecommunications and software companies. His expertise is primarily in communication systems weaknesses and as an ethical hacker has discovered and exploited numerous vulnerabilities in open source and commercial products. He is a published author with three books in telecoms and security as well as a regular speaker, particularly with universities and groups fostering new security talent.

Tim Eltringham

Director, South Ayrshire Health & Social Care

Since June 2014 I have been Director of Health and Social Care with the South Ayrshire partnership.  My professional background is in social work.  I qualified in the late 1980s and initially worked with Strathclyde Regional Council in a number of positions in children’s services, criminal justice and adult services.  I have also worked for the NHS in both the former “Renver” and in Greater Glasgow.  In the early 2000s I was the LHCC General Manager for East Renfrewshire.  At the time of the establishment of CHPs I took on the role of Head of Health and Community Care in East Renfrewshire.  The CHCP in East Renfrewshire was a forerunner of the current integrated arrangements.  I was for 7 years responsible for the management of both health and social work services in that role.  I am married and have 2 sons. I live in North Ayrshire.

Mark Fleming

Scottish Government NMAHP Digital Health and Care, Clinical Lead and Nurse Consultant Digital Health and Care

Mark was born in Dumfries; Scotland however he has lived and worked in Ayrshire for the last 29 years.

He completed his Registered Mental Health Nurse Training in Dumfries in 1989 and also has a BSc in Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Management of Health and Social Care. He has continued his learning in Health Informatics at Masters Level.

Mark worked clinically as both a hospital and community based Mental Health Nurse for many years in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

In 2003 Mark was seconded from his clinical post to manage a programme of work developing Integrated Care Pathways and exploring how the use of a Digital Health and Care systems could support both patients and their carers’ journey through mental health services.

In 2007 Mark moved part time to Healthcare Improvement Scotland as one of 3 National Integrated Care Pathway coordinators for Mental Health Services.

Mark worked on that programme at Healthcare Improvement Scotland until 2014. He then moved to the Scottish Government where he is now one of the Digital Health and Care Clinical Leads for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.

Marks role in Ayrshire and Arran has also evolved over the years and he currently the Nurse Consultant for Mental Health and Digital Health and Care across the local NHS system and their 3 Health and Social Care Partnerships.

Angiolina Foster CBE

Chief Executive, NHS 24

Angiolina was appointed as NHS 24's Chief Executive in December 2016, having been interim Chief Executive since March of that year.

She began her career in local government, where she gained extensive operational management experience in Scotland’s two largest local authorities – Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

In her work with these unitary authorities, she gained a strong reputation for driving-up service quality and maximising value for citizens.  Over this period, she developed a keen personal interest in customer-led performance improvement.

From 2001 to 2014, Angiolina held a number of senior positions within the Scottish Government, leaving there to become Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Angiolina is proud to work in public service and takes inspiration from the many dedicated people with whom she works.  She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2011.

Anna Fowlie

Chief Executive, Scottish Social Services Council

I have been the Chief Executive of the SSSC for 8 years. The SSSC is the professional regulator for people working in social services in Scotland, including social workers and social work students, residential childcare, early years services, residential care for the elderly and care at home services.  We are also the national lead for learning and development and workforce intelligence for the sector.

Before my current job I spent three years in Scottish Government as Head of Corporate Parenting and Improving Outcomes for Looked After Children. Before that, I was team leader for children and young people in COSLA, and before that I worked for 18 years in various HR roles in local government.

I'm on the board of Who Cares? Scotland and until recently of Iriss.  I'm also on the board of Tabula Rasa, a small dance company and have just joined the board of Dundee and Angus Design Academy.

I have an MA (Hons) in History of Art, I’m a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Colin Garrod

Business Development Manager, Intouch With Health

Colin is a business development Manager within Intouch with Health, with 18 years experience in the health sector. His remit is to assist with the design, planning, introduction and sales of new business software solutions. In Scotland, Colin is focused on bringing the capabilities of advanced patient flow solutions to the attention of all Scottish Health boards. Colin is also coordinating growth in the areas of unscheduled and emergency care by optimising the way walk-in patients are cared for. The approach is designed to assist health boards, avoid patients attending inappropriate services by digital triage and then streaming these to the appropriate service. 

Pam Gowans

Chief Officer, Moray Integration Joint Board

Pam Gowans career which now spans 36 years, started in Kingseat Hospital in Aberdeenshire. On completion of her Mental Health Nurse Training in 1987 in Dundee she went on to work in a variety of roles in hospitals and in the community within the UK specialising in the areas of Mental Health and Substance Misuse. Throughout her career she has tended to work within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency arena and first moved into a senior management role in 2003. In 2009 seeking to broaden her horizons and experience she joined NHS Grampian as the Long Term Conditions Programme Manager, subsequently moving into the role of Deputy General Manager, then Head of Healthcare in Aberdeenshire Community Health Partnership. In October 2014 she was appointed to her current post of Chief Officer of the Moray Integration Joint Board.

Academically she has achieved a post graduate BSc in Nursing, Abertay University and an MSc in Leadership and Organisational Development at Dundee University.

Pam has a keen interest in the opportunities possible through digital transformation and sits on the National Health and Social Care Strategy Oversight Group.

Paul Gray

Chief Executive, NHSScotland
​Director General, Health and Social Care, The Scottish Government

Paul Gray joined the Scottish Government in 1979.

He was appointed Director General for Health and Social Care for the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of NHSScotland in December 2013.

He was previously appointed to the post of Director General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services at the Scottish Government in July 2009 and DG Governance & Communities in December 2010.

Up to July 2009, he was the Scottish Government’s Director of Change and Corporate Services, with responsibility for senior staff development and deployment; human resources; information systems and services; accommodation and estates services; corporate learning; employee engagement; and the Scottish Government’s business improvement and change programmes.

His previous appointment, from October 2005 was the Director of Primary and Community Care. His responsibilities included Primary Care, Community Care, Care of Older People, Adults at Risk, Dental services, Pharmaceutical services and General Medical Services. He held the role of Director of eHealth simultaneously.

Prior to that he was the Director for Social Justice, covering Social Inclusion, Equalities and Voluntary Issues, from October 2003, and before that, he was the Director of Information and Communications Technology.

His career has also covered such diverse areas as Criminal Injuries Compensation, fisheries quota management and licensing, and work with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. 

Andy Grayer

Assistant Director of eHealth & Information Services, NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Andy Grayer is presently Assistant Director of eHealth & Information Services NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Andy has worked for NHS Ayrshire & Arran for 10 years.

His current role is to ensure that eHealth activity across NHS Ayrshire and Arran is co-ordinated and supports the aims of the NHS Scotland Quality Strategy, delivers joined-up provision of Healthcare in pursuit of Scotland’s 2020 vision of health and care, and ties in with the change and improvement agendas set out by the Scottish Government. 

He is actively involved in shaping and delivering a number of Scotland’s wider strategic digital initiatives. Andy brings all this experience to his role as a member of the West of Scotland eHealth Leads group. In his eHealth role, he chairs the NSS Information Technology PACS Technical Design Authority group.  

Lorna Greene

Policy Officer, Royal College of Nursing Scotland

Lorna Greene has worked for the RCN since 2014 and has been a policy officer with RCN Scotland since October 2016. Lorna is responsible for investigating, analysing and consulting on priority areas in Scottish health, nursing and social care.  Lorna produces robust policy outputs that play an active part in effectively influencing Scottish policy development on behalf of patients and nursing. Lorna’s policy portfolio includes integration of health and social care, primary care and community nursing, GIRFEC and CYP health, health inequalities, and eHealth.  Prior to joining the RCN, Lorna completed her Masters in Gender, Development and Globalisation at the London School of Economics and also holds a BA (Hons) from University College Cork.  

Dr Lesley Holdsworth

Clinical Lead for Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government

Lesley is a SG Clinical Lead for Digital Health and Care with a specific responsibility for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health. Information and how it’s used to support meaningful improvement has shaped much of her career. Lesley was instrumental in developing the proactive national NMAHP ehealth network which also supports a national leadership programme run through NES which has seen over 190 graduate to date. She has held a number of national positions over the last 20 years including most recently, Programme Director at HIS ealthcare Improvement Scotland and Head of Health Services Research & Effectiveness.  In 2010, she was seconded to NHS 24 as Allied Health Director to lead the development and efficacy for a national point of access to MSK services and self management information supported though technology www.nhsinform/msk.co.uk  . During this time, as a Winston Churchill Fellow she visited Australia and New Zealand to explore digital solutions. Despite having wide ranging multiprofessional interests, her longstanding major research interest over the years has been in establishing the efficacy of patient self referral systems both nationally and internationally about which she has widely published and presented. Lesley was made a fellow of the CSP in 2002 in recognition of this and her wider work.

Gavin Kenny

Associate Partner, IBM Security, IBM

Gavin Kenny is an Associate Partner with IBM’s Security Business Unit, he has worked in IT Security, in various roles, for the last 22 years. He has considerable experience within both the Public & Private sectors in all aspects of IT Security covering people, processes and technological mitigation of risk in both traditional and Cloud environments.

Gavin is passionate about Security as an enabler and encourages businesses to consider Security from a User Centric point of view, where well thought out security strategies act to enhance and enable businesses to deliver a better experience for their staff and customers.

As a keen technologist and with a degree in satellite engineering, Gavin is always keen to work in cutting edge fields to ensure security is considered from the outset, as well as supporting Public Sector and Health teams he is also working with the IBM’s Connected Car, IOT and AI research teams.

Charles King

Head of Sales, InterSystems

Charles joined InterSystems in April 2011, and is responsible for the sale of InterSystems healthcare solutions and services in Scotland.  His role also includes ongoing engagement account management with all Board and NHS Scotland, optimisation and clinical engagement to encourage wider clinical usage of ISC products and services.

He has been involved in the IT industry for a number of years having previously worked within the Experian Data Quality division for 15 years, latterly specialising in Master Data Manangement and single customer view projects.

Pete Knight

Head of Service for Integration Support, National Services Scotland

Peter has enjoyed a career that spans the collection and application of statistics and research in both health and social care in Scotland. He is currently Head of Programme for Integration Support at ISDScotland and has previously performed a specialist information role within the Scottish Government. Over several decades he has led the development and/or use of a diverse range of information relating to topics such as care of older people, measurement of functional needs, substance misuse, community health, understanding emergency admissions and NHS waiting times. At present Peter is focussing on the development of national information on social care, working with the Scottish Government, and professionals in health and social care partnerships and local authorities.

Caroline Lamb

Chief Executive, NHS Education For Scotland

Caroline is the Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland, appointed in October 2015.  

Caroline graduated from Kings College London and trained as a Chartered

Accountant with KPMG, working with clients including Castle Cement, Citibank, Nestle and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.  After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Caroline moved to Scotland and her first Director of Finance post was at Edinvar Housing Association.  From Edinvar she moved into Higher Education, joining the University of Abertay Dundee as Director of Finance and then moving to the post of University Secretary and Director of Operations.  

Caroline joined NES in 2004 as Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive of the organisation in October 2015.

Caroline is a Trustee of Circle, a Scottish Charity working with families affected by parental substance abuse and imprisonment; she is also a Non Executive Director of Tabula Rasa, a Scottish Dance Company.

Brigid McBride OBE

Director of Digital Transformation, HMRC

Brigid leads a thousand-strong team in one of the most high profile digital roles anywhere in government. Her responsibilities include:

•           overseeing a huge digital portfolio of more than 40 current projects

•           continued development of the Multi-Channel Digital Tax Platform that hosts all of HMRC’s digital services (18 new ones last year alone)

•           HMRC’s current suite of 60+ digital services, handling around 1.7 billion online transactions a year.

Brigid previously launched the HMRC’s bold and ambitious API strategy, kick-starting the Department’s journey from a submissions-only service to increasingly sophisticated interactions with tax and business software packages. Within 12 months, HMRC had launched an API Developer Hub to support the software community, developed a new API Platform, and launched its first production APIs.

Brigid joined the Civil Service in 1987. Since then she has been instrumental in delivering significant, high profile transformational projects both in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and in HMRC. Many of these initiatives have been right at the forefront of changing how government does business with its customers.

Paul McGinness

Co-Founder and Director, Storm ID

Paul McGinness is Co-Founder and Director of Storm ID, an award winning digital consultancy that transforms public services through effective use of digital technologies. Recognising the pressures in health, Storm ID has championed the development of Lenus – a digital health platform – that connects patient generated health data with health professionals, allowing remote monitoring and machine assisted digital clinical support for a range of long term conditions. With more than 20 years in digital, Paul is passionate about the transformative role it can play in health. He has been instrumental in developing Lenus and promoting digitally enable health services more generally.

Professor Brian McKinstry

Professor of Primary Care E-health, University of Edinburgh

Brian McKinstry is a general practitioner and Professor of Primary Care eHealth at the University of Edinburgh.  He leads the Telescot programme of research into telehealth (www.telescot.org) and SHARE the Scottish Health Research Register (www.registerforshare.org), a register of people willing to take part in research who have given permission for their secure health service data to be used to identify their suitability for research. 

His research interests are mainly around Health Service Research particularly in remote information exchange between clinicians and patients. His recent research has centred on telehealthcare. The Telescot programme has carried out several randomised controlled trials and many descriptive/qualitative studies in this area. These studies include telemonitoring of chronic obstructive airways disease, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes along with studies of satellite location for wandering people with dementia, the use of gamification to encourage children and adolescents to adopt healthier lifestyles,  developing artificially intelligent avatar based systems for monitoring depression, robotic dispensing, remote measurement of  cough and respiratory rate and the use of machine learning on patient accrued data to develop improved telemonitoring algorithms. He currently leads Scale-Up BP a large-scale implementation project to deliver telehealthcare to thousands of people in Scotland.

Fiona McQueen

Chief Nursing Officer

Fiona is Scotland’s Chief Nursing Officer, a post she took up in March 2015.  Her portfolio includes leadership of the countries’ nursing & midwifery staff as well as having Scottish Government Director level responsibility for AHP, HCS, Regulation, HAI and Nursing & Midwifery policy advice.  Prior to taking up her current position, Fiona has worked as an Executive Nurse Director in Scotland since 1993 in a variety of Trusts, Directly Managed Units and NHS Boards.  She was a shadow member of an IJB and is an honorary professor with the University of the West of Scotland.

Aatish Pattni

Head of Threat Prevention, Northern Europe, Check Point

Aatish Pattni is the Head of Threat Prevention for Northern Europe at Check Point Technologies.  He is responsible for the regional go-to-market strategy, channel enablement and direction for Check Point’s award winning SandBlast technology portfolio. He has unique understanding of the challenges faced by clients around perimeter defense, threat prevention, data loss and the growing impact of cybercrime on businesses.   As a recognised industry speaker he regularly delivers talks at InfoSec, IP Expo, The European Information Security Summit, NISC UK and several Business Reporter events.

Aatish holds a BSc in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Business Studies from Birmingham University, England.

Robbie Pearson

Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Robbie Pearson was appointed Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland in December 2016 and previously held the role of Director of Scrutiny and Assurance. A graduate of St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities, he joined the NHS in 1992. He was Director of Planning in a territorial NHS board, before joining the Scottish Government in 2010 as Deputy Director/Head of Healthcare Planning. He is a lay member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.  

Morten Elbæk Petersen

Chief Executive Officer, Sundhed.dk

Morten Elbæk Petersen has been the CEO of the Danish eHealth portal, sundhed.dk, since it was founded in 2003. He has more than 20 years of management experience in public administration with a primary focus on implementing eHealth, quality development, prevention and patient empowerment.  The Danish eHealth portal pioneers open access to medical records, and is in this regard unique worldwide.

Morten Elbæk Petersen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Science from the University of Odense. He also serves as an external lecturer and examiner for Public Health IT Masters programmes at Danish universities.

In 2015, he received HIMSS Europe eHealth Leadership Award.

Susan Ramonat

Chief Executive Officer, Spiritus

Known for her foresight and pragmatism, Susan draws upon 25 years of executive experience at EFHutton, Merrill Lynch and SEI Investments in such areas as enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, corporate development, operational risk management, and cybersecurity.

Susan serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. She speaks frequently at industry conferences and universities about blockchain, cybersecurity and IOT in critical infrastructure settings.

Alyson Scurfield

CEO, TEC Services Association C.I.C. (TSA)

Alyson is a proven entrepreneurial, visionary leader of service transformation, service delivery and business development in Telecare, Telehealth, Support and Care, Customer Service and Housing Management. 

Her career within Telecare commenced in 2002, she has held both operational and strategic positions within the Telecare Industry and is currently the Chief Executive for the TEC Services Association C.I.C. (TSA).  Alyson has led strategic development, implementation and risk management of the Association’s aspirational vision to grow the Industry at scale and enable the improvement of individual lives through technology.

Alyson is passionate about demonstrating how the use of technology enabled services can support health, housing and social care to simultaneously achieve local outcomes for the sector and individual outcomes for service users and their families and carers.

Professor Aziz Sheikh OBE

Director, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

Aziz Sheikh is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Director of the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences at The University of Edinburgh.  He is: Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, NHS Lothian; Director of the 16-university Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research; Director of the NIHR Global Respiratory Health Unit (RESPIRE); Co-Director of the NHS Digital Academy; and Co-Director of Harvard Medical School’s Safety, Quality, Informatics Leadership (SQIL) Program. 

Aziz has long-standing interests in leveraging the potential of health IT to transform the delivery of healthcare and improve population health, which have led him to work with numerous governments, the WHO and the World Bank.  He was a member of the NHS Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme and The Wachter Review of England’s health IT strategy (Making IT Work).  He is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Digital Health and Care Strategy and The Lancet’s Commission on The Future of the NHS.

He is an editorial board member of PLOS Medicine, Medical Care, Health Informatics Journal and BMC Medicine, and is Editor-in-Chief of Nature Partnership Journal: Primary Care Respiratory Medicine.

Aziz has had >£75m in research grants and >1,000 publications. His co-edited books include Health Care Errors and Patient Safety (Wiley, 2009), Patient Safety and Healthcare Improvement at a Glance (Wiley, 2014), and Key Advances in Clinical Informatics (Elsevier, 2017).

Colin Sinclair

Chief Executive, NHS National Services Scotland

Colin joined NSS in 2008 initially as Logistics Director and then as Director of National Procurement.  He has since been Director of NSS’ Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Business Unit before being appointed Chief Executive on 1st August 2016. 

He has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors working for a range of large public ltd companies in the manufacturing and logistics fields.  Prior to joining NSS Colin was Regional Operations Director for a major UK logistics business where responsibilities included business development and customer account management.  

Colin’s career has been in the service sector and he brings this experience to his current role with a focus on providing high quality customer service, understanding and working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders and delivering new services to meet changing needs.

Dr Harpreet Sood

Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer, NHS England

Dr Harpreet Sood is the Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at NHS England and a practicing doctor at University College Hospital (UCH).  Harpreet was formerly Senior Fellow  to the CEO of  NHS England where his portfolio of work included advising on  NHS policy, the launch and implementation of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, innovation and health technology policy including the innovation  and technology tariff and leading on the Wachter Review, which focused on digitisation across the NHS.

As Associate CCIO, Harpreet is involved in implementing the NHS England technology strategy including the recommendations from the Wachter Review – where he has led and launched the NHS Digital Academy, one of  the key initiatives from the review and the 'Local Health and Care Records' programme.      

Prior to NHS England, Harpreet was a Deland Fellow at Brigham and Women's  Hospital in Boston.  Harpreet trained as a clinical doctor at King’s College London and Imperial College Business School and completed a Masters in Public Health(MPH) at Harvard University. Harpreet is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College London Business School, and is Vice Chair of the British Computer Society Health Committee. ​

John Sturgeon

eHealth Head of Programmes and Development, NHS Lothian

eHealth Head of Programmes and Development, NHS Lothian – 25 years Health Service IT experience, previously in Corporate Computer Industry Systems Design and Development. Currently working on PMS/EPR, Paperlite, Portals and implementing specialist clinical information systems across NHS Lothian and contributing to National eHealth Working Groups / Design Authorities.

Dr Kenji Takeda

Director, Azure for Research, Microsoft UK

Dr Kenji Takeda is Director of the Microsoft Azure for Research program and a member of the Microsoft Research Healthcare NExT team. He is focused on using AI to solve key challenges in the healthcare sector. He is a Visiting Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Southampton. He has extensive experience in cloud computing, data science, high performance and high productivity computing, data-intensive science, scientific workflows, engineering and educational outreach. He has a passion for developing novel computational approaches to tackle fundamental and applied problems in healthcare, science and engineering.

Craig Turpie

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Storm ID

Craig Turpie is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Storm ID, an award winning digital consultancy that transforms public services through effective use of digital technologies. Craig is an advocate of User Centred Design (UCD) and Lenus, the digital health platform developed by Storm ID, has been fully co-designed with health professionals to ensure it meets their needs in delivering timely, efficient and effective support to patients in the community rather than in acute settings. Craig is excited at the prospect of Lenus being adopted by health organisations, developers and patients alike.

Howard Waldner

Dean of the School of Health and Public Safety, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Canada and Former Chief Executive of Vancouver Island Health Region, Canada and former Chief Executive of Dundee Teaching Hospitals

From 2013-2016 Howard was a founding CEO of Caledonia Solutions, a strategic consulting company and is the immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), serving in this role from 2004 until 2013.

Prior to joining VIHA, he was the Executive Vice President and COO for the former Calgary Health Region from 1999. Before moving to Calgary in 1999, he held a number of CEO and other senior leadership roles within the Scottish NHS, most recently as CEO of Dundee University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is a visionary and innovative leader, with a demonstrated track record of success in each of the senior leadership roles he has held in both Canada and the UK.

Martyn Wallace

Chief Digital Officer, Digital Office For Scottish Local Government

Martyn leads the new Digital Office for Scottish Local Government which was set up in 2016 to look at creating, delivering and accelerating innovative digital solutions to help Scottish Councils with the challenge of balancing their budgets whilst still delivering critical front line services.

Before joining the Digital Office and indeed Public Sector, Martyn’s career has been in the tech sector working with Private & Public Sector clients understand and innovate with new Digital technology. He has worked for companies including Capita Secure Digital Solutions, Telefonica O2UK, BlackBerry, Computacenter and Compaq plus been a board advisor to some startups.

Ryan Weil

Chief Scientist, Leidos

M. Ryan Weil, Ph.D. is a Chief Scientist in the Health Products and Solutions group of Leidos. Ryan has nearly 20 years of experience in analytics and bioinformatics, and previously he served as the Program Manager in support of the CDC’s Office of Infectious Disease, Bioinformatics and Data Analytics effort. Ryan received a BS in Microbiology from Texas A&M College Station and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. 

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, MBE

Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government

Margaret is responsible for the  national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland.  She also has a lead role in development of policy on Technology Enabled Care and has a sponsorship role for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. She is active in  the European arena and European Innovation Partnership (EIP).

Up until November 2015 Margaret was Director of the Joint Improvement Team (JIT)  in Scotland having joined  when it was established in 2005. The Joint Improvement Team was  a unique partnership between the Scottish Government,  Local Government  (CoSLA), NHS Scotland, the Third, Independent Care and Housing sectors, tasked with accelerating  the pace of local change and  improvement in the quality of Scotland’s health and social care and support services.

Margaret trained as a clinical psychologist and worked in clinical and managerial positions in  the NHS  for many years.  From 1998 , and prior to joining JIT, Margaret has worked in a national capacity  with the Scottish Health Advisory Services  (latterly NHS Quality Improvement Scotland) and as a commissioner with the Mental welfare Commission for Scotland.  


Christopher Wroath

Director of Digital, NHS Education for Scotland

A 30 year public sector information specialist, having worked across the health, culture and communication sectors. While employed by the Cabinet Office Christopher worked with the newly formed Government Digital Service and their development and application of Cloud and Agile based services. He is now working for the Scottish NHS transforming a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified space, putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of wholly redesigned services. This has delivered the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) vision for a comprehensive transformation through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design of the in house built Turas digital platform.


Allan Young

eHealth Head of IT Operations, NHS Fife

Allan has 18 years operational IT experience within both the private and public sectors. He left Nationwide Building Society and joined NHS Fife in early 2015.

His current challenge is to maximise the availability of enterprise level IT Operations in order to support modern day healthcare. This is whilst delivering continuous improvement and supporting a relentless delivery programme.

Allan has performed the role of Incident Manager during a number of major outages during his career; including a complete Data Centre power failure and the more recent WannaCry cyber attack. Cyber Security is something that keeps Allan awake at night and is currently top of the request list for additional IT funding allocation within NHS Fife.

His experience with ‘always on’ systems began as a Weapons Technician in the Royal Navy at a time a computer filled a room. He uses this long relationship with technology and extensive experience with banking platforms to help influence robust and resilient IT Operations within Health and Care.

Brian Duffy

TEC and Innovation Programme Manager, Loretto Care

Currently in a role where I work equally between Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, and Loretto Care/Wheatley Group. Over the last four years I have played a key role in helping to develop a learning and development environment for staff across Glasgow from all Public Sector an Independent organisations. I have also been able to develop a number of digital products which are now ready to be shared more widely.

My background is in Education/Social Work though I retrained in E-commerce technologies around 15 years ago. I’m an avid learner and over the last year have taken a number of courses in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

I believe technology will play a key role in delivering key outcomes for individuals, workers and organisations increasingly over the coming years especially given the current ageing population and financial constraints the Public Sector faces.

In my spare time I like to watch football, play the guitar and I also volunteer as a Panel Member in the Children’s Hearing system which is hugely rewarding, and I would wholeheartedly recommend to people to participate if they can identify the time to do so.

Geoff Huggins

Director, NHS Education for Scotland Digital Service & Director of Health and Social Care Integration, Scottish Government

Geoff was Director of Health and Social Care Integration at the Scottish Government from 2014 to 2018 and before that was Head of Mental Health.

Dr Donald Macaskill

Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Dr Donald Macaskill is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body of Scotland’s independent sector social care providers. The sector is the largest in Scotland comprising over 400 providers employing over 100,000 staff.

Dr Macaskill has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. For thirteen years he ran an equality and human rights consultancy in the United Kingdom and Europe.  In August 2018 he wrote ‘TechRights: human rights, technology and social care.’ after a summer of conversations with key digital and technology stakeholders, human rights and ethicists in numerous countries. His work  calls for a human-rights and ethical based approach to be developed around the co-design and implementation of AI, IoT and BigData especially within a social care context.

Martin Pollhammer

Chief Executive, East Lothian Housing Association

Martin has been ELHA Chief Executive for 12 years. Previously he has worked for various Housing Associations and Councils, in both urban, rural and coastal environments. ELHA became a .com company in 2008 and has led the development of digital self service within the housing sector.

Professor George Crooks OBE

Chief Executive, DHI

Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.

He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Caroline Lamb

Chief Executive, NHS Education For Scotland

Caroline is the Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland, appointed in October 2015.

Caroline graduated from Kings College London and trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, working with clients including Castle Cement, Citibank, Nestle and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Caroline moved to Scotland and her first Director of Finance post was at Edinvar Housing Association. From Edinvar she moved into Higher Education, joining the University of Abertay Dundee as Director of Finance and then moving to the post of University Secretary and Director of Operations.

Caroline joined NES in 2004 as Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive of the organisation in October 2015. Caroline is a Trustee of Circle, a Scottish Charity working with families affected by parental substance abuse and imprisonment; she is also a Non Executive Director of Tabula Rasa, a Scottish Dance Company.